Deputy Principal Associate Director (DPAD) for Science & Technology-NIF
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory - Livermore, CA

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National Ignition Facility and Photon Sciences (NIF&PS) has an opening for a Deputy Principal Associate Director (DPAD) for Science and Technology (S&T). The selected candidate will serve as a senior advisor to the PAD and Program Leaders on the major science and technology issues and initiatives related to the NIF&PS Directorate. The DPAD for S&T will be responsible for working with the senior managers in the NIF&PS Directorate, the other Laboratory programs, the discipline directorates and the institution to formulate a long-term vision and strategy for science and technology development within the NIF&PS directorate. The selected candidate will also be responsible for collaborating with all stakeholders to develop the plan to implement this strategy. The DPAD for S&T will be responsible for the stewardship of the LDRD portfolio and advising the PAD on the consistency of business development strategies with the S&T direction of the Directorate. The successful candidate must be capable of representing the PAD as needed on technical issues to Senior Management of the Laboratory, NNSA, DOE and other sponsoring agencies. The Deputy Principal Associate Director reports to the Principal Associate Director for NIF&PS.


- Serve as the advocate and point-of-contact on NIF&PS S&T issues to the Institution or other external agencies, i.e. DOE and NNSA.

- Establish a framework for the successful development and implementation of strategies associated with the Directorate's programs and strategic Initiatives, synergistic with the Laboratory's mission and long range strategies.

- Formulate and implement strategies and mechanisms to ensure high level visibility of NIF science and scientists within the external (universities, national laboratories and industry) scientific community.
- Provide leadership to directorate management on the scientific related activities and investments within the directorate specifically interfacing with the Laboratory Research and Development (LDRD) office and facilitating/overseeing the LDRD portfolios within the Directorate.
- Work with Directorate management to ensure consistency of the business development strategies with the S&T direction of the Directorate.
- Responsible for the development and implementation of strategic science and technology plans; develop standards for scientific research performance and program quality.
- Collaborate with other Laboratory directorates to define joint projects and investments in areas that maximize the utilization and exploitation of the best Laboratory science and technology to meet mission objectives.
- Provide consultative direction in Laboratory-wide strategic planning activities pertaining to NIF programs.
- Formulate and develop new ideas that coordinate investments across all of the Laboratory's indirect funding mechanisms, including NIF senior staff and senior scientists and S&T management from other LLNL directorates, in order to establish new strategic thrusts for NIF and the Laboratory.
- Explore synergies in scientific infrastructure that could lead to enhanced operational efficiencies and reduced costs. Develop plans working with the NIF DPAD for Operations and with other directorates and programs.
- Responsible for developing and coordinating strategies for recruitment and retention of world-class scientists and engineers in conjunction with NIF Program leaders and the management of Physical and Life Sciences (PLS), Engineering and Computations.
-Responsible for the general oversight and personal commitment to the goals of Integrated Safety Management, Integrated Safeguards and Security Management, compliance with all ES&H regulations, good business practices, diversity, and equal opportunity.

- Ph.D. in science, engineering or related technical field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Extensive experience managing and directing a large, diverse multidisciplinary team of people in a research and development environment.
- Expert leadership and management skills to champion innovative direction and influence the development of institutional goals and objectives.
- Expert communication skills including speaking, presentation, and writing skills.
- Demonstrated communications skills necessary to effectively communicate over a wide range of topic areas and at middle and senior management levels with both Internal and external organizations as the DOE and other government agencies.
- Demonstrated extensive experience in building positive working relationships in a collaborative technical environment.
- Proven ability to work with and maintain effective working relationships with a broad cross-section of management, technical and administrative personnel.
- Demonstrated ability to deal effectively at high levels within internal and external organizations and constituencies.
- Demonstrated analytical capabilities especially in strategic and technical analysis.

- Extensive technical understanding and knowledge of programs related to the NIF.
- Experience in both program and discipline dimensions of the LLNL matrix, and familiar with UC, DOE and LLNL policies and procedures.
- Working knowledge of Laboratory programs, policies and procedures.
- Knowledge of relevant DOE Orders and LLNL policies, procedures and requirements.

Pre-Employment Drug Test: External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.

Anticipated Clearance Level: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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